JSW Cement inaugurates a 6.5 km Railway Siding to cater to Cargo demand

KOLKATA: JSW Cement has inaugurated a 6.5 km Railway Siding to cater to the incoming and outgoing cargo of 2.4 million tonne per annum (MTPA) cement manufacturing unit at Salboni in Adra Division of South Eastern Railway in West Bengal.

Located 160 kms from the city of Kolkata, Salboni will house a 2.4 MTPA cement plant which will boast of manufacturing capabilities for PSC Cement and GGBS.

JSW Cement Ltd is a part of the $9 billion JSW Group with interests in Steel, Energy and Cement. JSW Cement was started in 2009 and is India’s largest manufacturer of ‘Portland Slag Cement (PSC)’ variant of blended cement which is environmentally friendly and economically viable. JSW Cement currently has a manufacturing capacity of 5.9m MT and has facilities in Vijayanagar (Karnataka) and Nandyal (Andhra Pradesh)

The railway siding will connect the manufacturing unit to the main railway line between Godapiasal and Salboni. This will help JSW Cement in being cost effective since logistics accounts for nearly 35% of costs in the cement business. The rail yard inside the plant has five lines running parallel and connected to each other. Out of the five lines two are dedicated for unloading and connected with wagon tippler for mechanized unloading within five hours, another two lines are kept for loading of cement onto the wagon in a mechanized manner within seven hours and the fifth line is for engine reversal.

The siding is designed to handle incoming and outgoing cargo simultaneously and the plan is to handle two rakes a day for incoming raw material and one rake per day for outward dispatch.

“In cement business, logistics accounts for 30-35% of the cement cost and to be cost effective we are continuously working on various levers to reduce this cost. This railway siding is a step in this direction,” Parth Jindal, Managing Director, JSW Cement said.

Access to markets in east would be economically feasible and similarly, for inbound raw material, the railway siding will improve the availability of raw material at the plant and will also help to drastically reduce our landed cost, he added.

The Cement plant in Salboni marks JSW Cement’s entry into the Eastern markets of India. JSW Cement is looking to catapult itself into the top cement manufacturers in India and become the largest manufacturer of PSC (Portland Slag Cement). PSC cement has a 45% market share in the cement industry in Eastern India and is amongst the most eco-friendly type of cement that reduces harmful CO2 emissions.

JSW Cement Ltd was established in 134 acres and the company had invested nearly 800 crores in setting up its cement plant. Land for this cement plant has been assigned out of the land acquired for the proposed Steel plant of the group. The cement plant will create job opportunities for the villages surrounding Salboni over the next 2-3 years and will play a crucial role in changing the profile of Salboni and West Bengal to the rest of India in a very positive way.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Parth Jindal said “we are very excited on this new journey in West Bengal. We have been a dominant player as far as PSC Cement is concerned and we would like to maintain this momentum in the eastern market as well. The PSC Market share in West Bengal is around 40 -45% and we will firm up plans on how we can start taking a larger share of the pie”. We are committed to the society and by making PSC Cement at Salboni in West Bengal, we are conserving natural resources and reducing the carbon footprint in this part of the country. PSC Cement that we make is Green Cement.

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